"O God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come" (Psalms 71:17, 18).
If you were to ask the average Christian today what their fifty year plan is to advance God’s Kingdom in the earth, most would stare back in bewilderment. Part of the story of the Kingdom Leadership Institute is to remove some of that bewilderment to grant a vision to secure a future and a hope for the church of the living God. We are not interested in promoting the theological retreatism that has led to the cultural corruption and governmental tyranny that defines this age.
King David had a multi-generational Kingdom vision, mission, and message. This prophet, poet, warrior, statesman was keenly aware of life’s continuum—the past, the present, and the future. Notice first, he acknowledged the training received from his youth.
What was the nature of his instruction? It is safe to assume that he learned the history of his people and God’s dealings with Israel. David discovered his glorious legacy and righteous heritage. He also learned of Israel’s many failings and God’s warnings to his people. This knowledge was essential for his visionary leadership.
Not content to remain in the past, however, King David applied the lessons from Israel’s past to his present time. He worked and prayed to demonstrate God’s strength to his generation. As he matured in years and in faith, however, his commitment to God extended to future generations.
He longed to influence a people who were yet to be born. King David wanted God to impact his posterity, even though they would never meet him on this side of eternity. Did God honor his request and fulfill his understanding of the continuum? Judge for yourself; Acts 13:36 states, “For David after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.”
This model of leadership is part of the Kingdom Leadership Institutes' story. Men of God who carry in their bodies the scars of the Lord seek to make a Kingdom, eternal investment in training every student in the Lord’s continuum. Each student will be rooted and grounded in history, (His-story) make sure God’s Kingdom and salvation are secured in their generation, and care enough to pass on the multi-generational, Kingdom vision to everyone who is to come in Jesus’ mighty name!
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Fundamentally, the crisis of our time is a crisis of leadership. The Bible reveals God judges and restores nations based on leadership. By the leaders he rises up or removes, God curses and blesses nations. In light of this covenantal reality, the demand for godly, righteous, leadership is not optional. In our time of moral, ethical, and spiritual crisis, new leaders will emerge. The question is, will it be of the ilk that we have today, which has led us to this pathetic state or will it be leaders a time like this demands?
The purpose of the Kingdom Leadership Institute online school is to raise up leaders who will become “repairers of the breach” and “restorers of right paths to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12). It is designed to inspire men to obey 1 Corinthians 16:13, which states, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, (be men, act the role of men, and do your duty as a men) be strong.”
Men of Letters
A systematic study of Scripture and history will be required of each student that commits to be trained at the KLI online school. The goal is to achieve wisdom, knowledge, and understanding “that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).
Men of integrity
Jesus taught, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37). The KLI School seeks to restore the manly ethic where a man’s word is his bond. We are looking to train men who will speak boldly, directly, and succinctly to the burning issues of the day and will keep their word even unto their own hurt.
Men of Courage
Courage is not the absence of fear, it is doing our duty in spite of our fears. C S Lewis commenting on the importance of courage stated, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” The KLI school is looking to train men to be overcomers in the battle who fulfill Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
Men of Action:
The Biblical model of education is to learn, do, and teach. God’s Word is the standard for all of life and for every area of life. The challenge is to train men to faithfully live it out, like the men of Issachar. God’s Word states, “The sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32). We need men who not just speak well, but do well. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17).